Barefoot running shoes: Oxy-moron?

Is it paradoxical?

Using “barefoot running shoes” may seem to be a paradox, but in my opinion the correct choice of shoe can provide the best of protection and foot mobility. If you are unaware of the conversation around minimalist running; take a moment to look hereIn this post I will be taking a short and logical look at using barefoot running shoes. In addition to this i will be dispelling the large amount of ego tied into the minimalist running movement. Many of the people in this community consider using shoes of any kind   to be half-assing it. These same people frequently run distances to prove their resiliency rather than to better themselves. 

Pros

The benefit that come with using minimalist shoes  is primarily that they protect your feet from abrasions and cuts while allowing the connective tissues in the foot to be taxed and therefore strengthened.

Cons

The only negatives aspects of using minimalist shoes are that they: Cost money, Are sometimes overprotective, get you funny looks.

Logical opinion

Unless you live in an area that is devoid of sharp objects like glass, metal shards, rock chips… etc. It makes sense to use a Very thin running shoe. You can reap all of the rewards of barefoot running without suffering the injuries that may come from your running surface. If you are a serious runner (or just love it) Then injuries that keep you off the road ought to be avoided.

My choice 

Because of this my running shoe of choice is the New balance minimus ( in the header image) This shoe is roughly 70 dollars; however it is incredible durable, average looking, and perfectly padded (that is to say hardly at all )

What is your running shoe of choice?

Another good shoe (click for info) 

Locomotion as transportation

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In my city the buses run until 8PM: My martial arts classes end at 8:30…

Because of this I have taken up running home after Jui-jitsu class. It might just be me but running for the sake of running is a little strange to me, but running to a destination is very rewarding! As I was running home last night I was just thinking ‘there is no good reason that running couldn’t be our primary means of transportation.’ The only objections against this which I can think of are:

  • I am not in shape to run (insert X miles here) !
  • I will be all sweaty/wet/cold when I get there!
  • It takes too much time!

These are all easily refuted arguments. The first point is just absurd; If you aren’t in shape then you certainly won’t improve by not trying; Just work your way up. The second point can be solved by bringing a change of clothes with you and washing up in a bathroom 😉 As for the third point; this cuts out gym time and listening to audio-books simultaneously cuts out reading time. This may just save you time! 

What are your thoughts and experiences surrounding this? I would love to hear!

While looking out my window I …

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Every morning  I perch myself on a windowsill overlooking this small street. The window is gargantuan and opens like a door. Peering out and seeing the 50 foot drop below gives me a touch of veritgo which gives me a keen sense of awareness while drinking my tea. As I sat there this morning a thought about preferences came to me. The people next door each have large personal garages. I thought ‘They don’t need private garages; hell, they dont even need cars!‘  Removing preference may well be the way to be completely content. I would argue that the degree to which we hold onto our preferences to outcomes and the degree to which we are unhappy are one and the same. After this thought, I imagined a person with no preferences as to what they do, have, and become. At first it seemed  this person would be painfully boring and achieve nothing. This is the easy conclusion to come to, but after looking deeper I think this person would be able to act More Effectively than normal people.  He would act on impulse and go for one outcome but either way be content with what happens. This is all just a thought experiment but I have felt at times like this person. It is strange to think that you can be content without having a preference but I guess that it comes from not denying the fact that some futures are more pleasant than others, but from accepting both pleasure and tragedy as part of the beauty of creation

( no religious affiliation )

Thoughts on this ?

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